While appearing on Miley Cyrus’s Instagram Live chats on Friday, Selena Gomez revealed that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
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“I’ve seen some of it even in my own family, where I’m like, ‘What’s going on?'” she continued. “I’m from Texas. It’s not known to talk about your mental health. You’ve gotta seem cool, and then I see anger built up in teenagers or… young adults because they are wanting that so badly… I wanted to know everything about it, and it took the fear away.”
Gomez also spoke about the ways she copes with her mental health issues, stating cognitive behavioral therapy has been a huge help.
“I tried to use the tools that I’ve used when I’ve been in therapy, which is amazing,” Gomez said. “Dialectical behavior therapy helps big time. It’s about how you process your emotions and thoughts turning into actions. I visualize things so much it freaks me out. I have to center myself and let the thoughts come in, sometimes I write them down, and then sit with what is it and why I can’t get to the bottom of this.”
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“Last year was definitely a year of self-reflection, challenges and growth,” she continued. “It’s always those challenges which show you who you are and what you are capable of overcoming. Trust me, it’s not easy, but I am proud of the person I am becoming and look forward to the year ahead. Love you all.”
Back in September, the former Disney star revealed that she would be taking a break from social media.
“Mood lol (I was looking at myself in the mirror -like an idiot!) Update: taking a social media break. Again,” Gomez captioned a photo of herself smiling at the time.
Gomez, 27, said she faced her diagnosis head-on, “as my mother taught me to face my fears and challenges when I was younger,” which led her to a much better place.
“Although this does not mean that it has all gone away, I can say that after a year of a lot of intense work … I am happier, I am healthier, and I’m in control of my emotions and thoughts more than I’ve ever been,” she shared. “So I’m very happy about that.”
“As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given,” she added. “Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember- negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.”
She divulged that she recently went to McLean’s Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Massachusetts known for its authority and expertise in neuroscience research. “After years of going through a lot of different things, I realized that I was bipolar,” Selena said. “So when I go to know more information, it actually helps me. It doesn’t scare me once I know it. And I think people get scared of that.”